Follow these guidlines and watch your Encore Azaleas thrive.
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The best time to fertilize is right after spring bloom.
This spring application may be all you need, but if you live in an area with a lot of rainfall and a long growing season, you may want to make a second application in mid to late summer, making sure not to fertilize after August 1st.
Use a well-balanced, slow release, granular azalea/camellia fertilizer.
The mix is well-balanced if the 3 numbers on the packaging are the same or similar. These numbers represent: (N) Nitrogen – promotes new growth/foliage; (P) Phosphorus – promotes plant blooms; (K) Potassium – strengthens roots/stems.
Fertilize once at the beginning of spring.
If you need to fertilize again, do so before August, as Encore Azaleas are sensitive to heavy fertilization. Apply liquid fertilizer directly to foliage and roots for an additional nutrient boost. Always follow label instructions and water well, no matter the brand.